GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WFRV)
Saturday, the Green Bay Packers traded their shoulder pads and helmets in for bats and gloves at the 2019 Green and Gold Charity Softball Game.
Even with less than stellar weather, 4,319 fans ventured to Neuroscience Group Field to watch the Packers pitch, swing, field and steal.
“We just thought it would be a nice day to get out to the ballpark,” said Nicole Sherf, a Waupaca mother. “It’s kinda nice that it’s actually cooler because it’s pretty nice that the kids aren’t complaining that it’s too hot.”
“It’s a good time,” said Ashley Nalepka of Appleton. “It’s supporting a charity. You get to spend the day with the Packers.”
“We like to support all the Packers… Aaron Rodgers is a big part,” said Jake Vander Wyst of Little Chute.
The contest pitted the Packers offense against its defense. The game was hosted by Packers Wide Receiver Davante Adams, who captained the offense, and Linebacker Blake Martinez, who captained the defense. The two jokingly took jabs at each other before the game. Martinez predicted the defense would win by 20. Adams responded, “When I think about all the best players, it’s just offense.”
The game raised money for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, and various youth sports organizations.
“I don’t think all teams do this kinda stuff, I think it’s pretty unique… I don’t think the Patriots do this,” Nalepka joked.
“I think they’re very involved in the community and doing lots of charities,” Sherf said. “I think it’s fantastic.”
“It shows how much the Packers care about the community,” said Vander Wyst. “It’s not just the game, which is pretty awesome to see.”
As far as the game’s outcome, the offense defeated the defense by a score of 16-8.